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Old 04-15-2017, 08:05 PM
 
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I have gone to local nurseries, hardware stores and walmart to look for seedlings. One nursery has a lot of really nice seedlings. But I keep seeing the same plants. I don't mean from the same grower, but pretty much the same types of vegetables. For example, I have only found maybe 3 or 4 types of squash. But there are several more and I would like to buy some to have more variety in my garden.

Aside from buying online, which I'm not interested in doing, does anyone have any suggestions about how to buy vegetable seedling which aren't the standard variety usually found in nurseries?

I would like to buy some spaghetti squash, white acorn squash or any other varieties.
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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Well, I just bought some white scallop squash seeds and some spaghetti squash seeds online. I spent about $5. I guess I'll have to be patient and wait for a month to have the fancy seedlings.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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I guess my only suggestion would be local farmer's markets or Craigslist. Where are you located? We won't start seeing any farmer's markets in my area in earnest for another month. You could see if someone is selling or giving away extra seedlings they don't need on Craigslist if you want to check that out - it could be a viable option.

When it comes to squash, in particular, I wouldn't even bother with transplants. Starting from seed is highly recommended as cucurbits (squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, etc.) do not like their roots disturbed at all. It is certainly possible to transplant them, but in the time it takes them to settle in, recover from any transplant shock and then take hold, your direct-sown seed will quickly germinate and catch up. I always get stronger and more productive plants when I direct-sow. You will also have infinitely more selection by choosing seeds over seedlings, though you'll likely still need to buy online unless you live near one of the big seed companies like Baker Creek, Territorial, Johnny's, etc. that would have plenty of varieties in-store.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:12 PM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Aside from buying online, which I'm not interested in doing,
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Well, I just bought some white scallop squash seeds and some spaghetti squash seeds online.
That didn't take long. . That's what happens with garden temptation stuff and the ease of ordering online. I was gonna ask why not order online. Then I was gonna suggest asking the local nursery to order it. They might charge you a lot more though. Good luck with the specialty stuff. Ask them when the seeds were packed.
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Old Today, 09:34 AM
 
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If you want unusual vegetable plants, you will have to start your own. I suggest Johnny's Seeds for less common varieties.

I know several people who start heritage tomatoes, often rare varieties, and sell 6-packs with six different varieties as a sort of fun money project. Mostly they sell at farmer's markets.

I know one, just one, fellow who starts rare hot peppers and sells six packs. He sells at farmers markets.

Other than that, I have no idea where you would buy rare varieties already started. Commercial outfits want to sell high volume so they grow what the majority will buy.
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Old Today, 09:41 AM
 
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Oh wait. Almost certainly your local garden club will have a fund raiser where they sell plants. It will be flowers and bulbs, but someone will be selling veggie starts.

Mostly, it is popular plants like tomatoes and peppers, because they want to sell a lot.

Watch for ads about the sale coming up.

I've bought some very healthy plants, because, of course, the garden club members know how to garden. Their seedlings arn't forced like the commercial ones.
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